Born in 1976, Elaine Claire Geall is a professional artist and a resident of Bournemouth, Dorset, in the south of England. Working in her preferred mediums watercolour, oil and ink, her specialties are animal subjects.
Elaine's talents for drawing, painting and love for animals were evident from an early age and achieved both her National and Higher National Diplomas for courses in Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art, Wallisdown, Dorset.
With the aid of optics, a camera and a sketchbook, Elaine's compositions are loosely compiled from her own experiences and knowledge of local fauna and flora, she encounters from her visits to favourite haunts in Dorset and Hampshire.
Birds in particular, are one of favourite subjects and feature a lot in her compositions. Elaine is also an animal portraitist, where canines and equines take prominence. Hooved animals; particularly equines are another favourite of the artist. Having loved horses, ponies and donkeys since her youth, she has recently been taking inspiration from the ponies that roam around the New Forest.
Elaine is influenced by subtleties of light, colour and tonal details. Beit a commission or a non-commissioned piece, regardless of the subject. Her objectives have always been wanting's to capture the likenesses and narratives as truthfully as she can and is always after a sense realism in her work, but not photo-realism.
2010 Ringwood Art Society Award - Certificate of Merit
2007 Wildscape Artist of the Year - ' Highly Commended ' award in the Editor's Selection
2002 Birdwatch Artist of the Year - Finalist
2019 CAD Arts Christmas Collective, Hayloft Gallery, Christchurch, Dorset
2015 Southern Nature Art Exhibition, Rookesbury Park, Hampshire
2015 New Forest Open Exhibition, New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
2014 Marwell International Wildlife Art Society Exhibition, Rookesbury Park, Hampshire
2007 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale Garden Centre, Wirral
2002, 2003 National Exhibition of Wildlife, Road Range, Liverpool
2011, 2012 Pinewalk Exhibition, Bournemouth Gardens, Dorset
2000 - 2011 Marwell International Wildlife Art Society Exhibition, Marwell Hall, Hampshire
1999 - 2001 Art in the Park / Barbara Woods Exhibitions, Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset
1998 Art by the Sea / Barabara Woods Exhibitions, Hermitage Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset
Corporate1998 Elaine produced bird Identification panels for Farlington Marshes HWT NR, Portsmouth, UK
2006 'Bobby, Penny & Susan' dog portrait, Dorset, United Kingdom
2001 'Nusha' dog portrait,
'Jack, Flutter & Bet Oliver' horse portraits, Dorset, United Kingdom
'Lily' dog portrait
'Anna, Charlie & Bizet' dog portraits, Queensland, Australia
'Rebel, Flo & Apollo' horse portraits, Hampshire, United Kingdom
'Wishfall' horse portrait, Dorset, United Kingdom
1993 horse portraits, United Kingdom
2006 'Jack' horse portrait - private collection, Dorset, United Kingdom
2002 'Oscar' oval cat portrait
'Tinker' oval cat portrait - private collection, Dorset, United Kingdom
1999 'Otters' - private collection, Dorset, United Kingdom